Wednesday, August 31, 2011
BOSTON—Phil Hughes’ last performance was rotten and immediately raised questions about him being the odd man out when Yankees manager Joe Girardi goes from six to five starting pitchers following tomorrow night’s game.
And because Hughes’ awareness on issues is very high, he said worrying about what decision Girardi makes isn’t dominating his thought process going into tonight’s start against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
“It’s easy, I go out and pitch and not think about anything else,” Hughes said of blocking out the hottest topic in the Yankees’ universe other than Alex Rodriguez’s bothersome thumb.
Whenever I say I’d rather see the Yankees’ pitcher pitch well in a loss than see the Yankees win a game 10-9, they get shelled. So I am not going to say that I’d rather see Hughes pitch seven strong innings in a 2-1 loss than see him pitch poorly in a win.
The bar to stay in the rotation is pretty low. Be better than Burnett.
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